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Property Name Fort Caswell Historic District
Reference Number 13001025
State North Carolina
County Brunswick
Town Caswell Beach
Street Address 100 Caswell Beach Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/31/2013
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The Fort Caswell Historic District (31BW801 **)occupies a 760-acre area at the tip of a peninsula on the southeastern end of Oak Island in Brunswick County, North Carolina, including a .50 nautical miles extension east into the Cape Fear River and south into the Atlantic Ocean . The district also includes a discontiguous resource: a 1918 concrete rifle range originally part of the military installation that is located two miles west-northwest of the main district boundary on a parcel of less than one acre. The district meets National Register of Historic Places criterion Con the statewide level in the areas of architecture and engineering, and Criterion A on the local level in the area of military history. Fort Caswell Historic District (31BW801 **)also possesses statewide significance for criterion D in the area of archaeology. In summer 2013, an archaeological investigation of the original 182 7-1838 fortification yielded and will likely yield more information pertaining to the construction of this early nineteenth-century structure and its immediate surroundings.


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